Smart Shepherd

A shepherd was tending his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new
Jeep Cherokee appeared out of a dust cloud, advanced toward him and stopped.
The driver, a 24-year-old young man wearing a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray
Ban sunglasses and a YSL tie, leaned out of the window and asked our shepherd,
“If I can tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give
me one?”
The shepherd looked at the young guy, then at his peacefully grazing flock,
and calmly answered, “Sure.”
The young man parked his car, whipped out his notebook computer, connected it
to a cell phone, and surfed to a NASA page on the Internet where he called up a
GPS satellite navigation system, scanned the area, then opened up a database and
some Excel spreadsheets with complex formulas. He finally printed out a 150-page
report on his hi-tech miniaturized printer, turned around to our shepherd and
said, “You have here exactly 1,586 sheep.”
“Amazing! That’s correct! Like I agreed, you can take one of my sheep,” said
the shepherd.
The shepherd watched the man make a selection and bundle it into his
When he was finished the shepherd said, “If I can tell you exactly
what your political persuasion is, where you’re from and whom you work for, will
you give me my sheep back?”
“Okay, why not,” answered the young man.
“You’re a Democrat from Palm Beach and you’re working for Jesse Jackson,” said
the shepherd.
“Wow! That’s correct,” said the young man. “How did you ever guess that?”
“Easy,” answered the shepherd. “Nobody called you, but you showed up here
anyway. You want to be paid for providing a solution to a question for which I
already knew the answer. And, you don’t have any idea what you’re doing because
you just took my dog.”